Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: General support
Creative Time brings ambitious, timely, and socially engaged art to the public—free and open to all. They have partnered with both established and emerging artists to present art that sparks dialogue and interrogates the most pressing issues and events of our time. Their work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.
In addition to the public arts projects, Creative Time brings together a diverse group of international artists, activists, and other thought leaders through their annual Summit to discuss and tackle social justice issues using the arts. As the first major international platform for socially engaged art, the Summit has hosted over 10,000 live attendees in New York City, Miami, Stockholm, Toronto, Venice and Washington D.C.
Purpose: To support their New York City-based public art commissions.
Since 1974, Creative Time has produced over 350 public art projects in New York City, and partnered with thousands of artists across the country and around the globe. Some of their innovative commissioned projects include: Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and A Subtlety by Kara Walker.
Partnering with a variety of cultural institutions and community groups, Creative Time has commissioned and presented art in unique landmark sites throughout New York City, from Times Square, the High Line and Governors Island, to Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Coney Island, and Weeksville Heritage Center. They are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that aim to transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.
Photos courtesy of Creative Time.
Index page photo: Jill Magid, Tender Rolls (2020). Photo by Paul McGeiver.
Banner photo: Allison Janae Hamilton, Waters of a Lower Register (2020). Photo by Max Yawney.